Opposition APNU justifies its position for not supporting the Amaila falls Hydro project
The Donald Ramator administration which accuses the opposition of ‘trying to use parliament to block social and economic progress in the country’, is now leaning on the same opposition for support on moving forward on the Amaila Falls Hydro Project.
The cost of the plant which is now estimated to be over US$850 million s is considered the highest public investment project Guyana has ever seen.
And it’s for this reason the opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is demanding that the Government reconfigure the packaging of the Hydro-Power Plant, ensuring that the national interest is protected and that there must be no tariff increase to consumers.
At the last sitting of the National Assembly, the Government with support from the AFC, passed the Hydro- Electricity Amendment Bill and also the motion to extend the external debt Ceiling. The bills are two prerequisites, the Government says, for the Inter-American Development Bank to lock in its support.
The party maintains that its opposition to the project at this stage is not for political gains, but to see the avoidance of another Skeldon Sugar Plant, which has not produce the expected results, according to the party.
APNU’s leader David Granger said also that the party had taken such position against the project in its current state after numerous consultations with its members.
President Donald Ramator on Friday night had confirmed that Sithe Global had pulled the plug on the project. However, he remained confident that the project can still go ahead.
Sithe Global claimed a lack of political consensus is the main reason for its departure.